Unraveled Wednesday, 1/26/22.

Joining Kat and friends. Go see what the others are up to.

Knitting.

Perfect thing to knit when it is cold and dreary outside. My inspiration was the socks was Kristen Nicholas, who made socks with numerous colors — cuff, leg, heel, foot. and toe were each a different, bright color.
This would have been done by now, but when I got seven inches past the ribbing, I decided I didn’t like the way I was doing it. So into the frog pond we went, all the way back to the ribbing — no way I was going to knit that mire of despair again — and I was a bit more mindful with the color choices.

Reading.

Hide by Lisa Gardner. This is the second book in the D.D.Warren series; Warren is a Boston Police detective. Second main character is Bobby Dodge; the two met in book 1, when Dodge was a sniper for BPD. He killed a man in that role (book 1), wrecking his head. Now he is with the MA state police. The writing in this one is better than #1 in the serie, Alone, that was in the two-weeks-ago blog post.

Plot here involves the two protagonists and their team of forensic pathologists, street cops, and other detectives working to identify who dug a room-sized hole on the grounds of a former mental institution and furnished it with six (six!) female (of course they are female) corpses encased in plastic. I found the ending quite unbelievable — srsly, HE was the murderer? — but it was a fun ride to get there. 3.5✭

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Desolation Canyon by P.J. Tracy. The author was a mother and daughter team; together, they wrote the Monkeewrench series, ten books which were set in Twin Cities. (I ❤️ books set in MN or WI.) The mother, P.J, died in 2016, and the daughter, Tracy Lambrecht, continued writing the series. This book is #2 in a new series set in LA. Not as good as the books set in MN, IMNSHO, but that’s just me. 3.5✭

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Her Last Breath by Hilary Davoidson. A Kindle freebie that I started when the TBR pile dwindled. Not bad, not great, good enough to stick with it. Protagonist gets a delayed email from her sister at said sister’s funeral. Email claims that if sister dies, it will be because her husband murdered her. Never mind that she died from an undiagnosed heart anomaly, it was the husband. Living sister sets out to prove BIL did the crime, peril ensues. 3✭ right now, may go up or down by the time I finish the book.

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Listening.

Life’s too Short by Abby Jimenez. I was listening to this when I was on a long drive this week… when suddenly there was no sound. I fast forwarded, hoping that it was just a short blank spot. No joy.

Then yesterday I decided to try again, and this time it worked. No blank spot. But I have a beef with Kindle that perhaps someone here can solve for me. Occasionally I may want to go back and reread some passage; does Kindle offer a way to set a bookmark at my current spot so I can come back to it accurately? It seems that the device should offer such a thing, but I haven’t found it.

Anyway, the audiobook. Late 20s single woman with potential ALS who makes her living through her travel vlog meets Handsome Attorney in the next door apartment. She avoids any kind of long-term anything — dating, marriage, having a child; she doesn’t even buy green bananas ::rimshot:: ::thank you, George Burns:: — but Attorney is so good with the baby — did I mention the baby? ALS woman’s drug-addled sister drops off her newborn at ALS’s apartment and disappears — and such good company and so organized and competent and steady… well, you can guess what happens. 3.5✭, mainly because the narration is so good.

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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Diu Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. I started this when the audiobook directly above had its hiccup, but I think I should return it: I just looked it up on Audible and found that it is 29 hours long. What was I thinking? I should read this, not listen.

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8 Responses to Unraveled Wednesday, 1/26/22.

  1. Kym says:

    I always use my Audible credits for the longest of books . . . 😉
    And I love those socks! Inspired. . .

  2. Kat says:

    I love those socks!

    And Love Songs is on my “read soon” list and I hope to get to it this spring!

  3. gayle says:

    More sock love here!
    And I like long audiobooks the best! Though I agree they may not be the best choice for a library book – due dates can be way too short.

  4. Kathleen Walsh says:

    Phil says, “OMG, (about the sicks). Tell her to send them to New York to put them in an art gallery!” My thoughts are that they are joyful to behold and might be comforting to wear. Incredibly stunning! P.S.,The toques have not yet arrived, but packages from the USA may take 3 weeks plus to arrive to Canada. I will let you know as soon as the package arrives. It wa minus 25 here last night without windchill and minus 30 this morning with windchill. I will not go for a walk today until 2:30 pm when it will be less cold.

  5. KSD says:

    Happy, happy socks!

  6. Jane says:

    What bright cheerful socks. I hope to read Love Songs this spring or summer.

  7. Sharon Weiss says:

    Is it Kindle or Audible you want to book mark on? You can do so on both (there is a “bookmark” button)

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